Man 'lost plot' over noisy neighbours

Last updated 07:15 05/12/2012

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An Invercargill man who brandished boomerangs and shoulder-barged a woman because his neighbours were too noisy has been sentenced to community work.

David Alexander McMurdo, 53, was sentenced by Judge Raoul Neave in the Invercargill District Court last week on charges of possession of an offensive weapon, threatening to kill or cause grievous bodily harm and assaulting a female.

The court was told that on March 20 this year McMurdo became involved in an argument with his neighbours over the noise they were making.

"In common parlance, you lost the plot," Judge Neave said.

Shouting, McMurdo waved two boomerangs around and shoulder-barged a woman, it was said.

Judge Neave said McMurdo suffered from some mental health issues at the time and his behaviour may have been aggravated by the inconsiderate neighbours, but his way of dealing with the problem was completely inappropriate.

He sentenced McMurdo to 100 hours' community work, 12 months' supervision and ordered him to make an emotional harm payment of $250 to the woman he assaulted.

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- The Southland Times

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